Dr Matthew Hitchings
Senior Research Officer
Medicine
Telephone: (01792) 295028
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Room: Open Plan Office - 528
Fifth Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus

Dr Matthew Hitchings is a lecturer on our Biochemistry Degree programmes. 

Publications

  1. & Protocol for faecal microbiota transplantation in ulcerative colitis (FMTUC): a randomised feasibility study. BMJ Open 18(8)
  2. & A Novel Alkaliphilic Streptomyces Inhibits ESKAPE Pathogens. Frontiers in Microbiology 9
  3. & Streptomyces qaidamensis sp. nov., isolated from sand in the Qaidam Basin, China. The Journal of Antibiotics
  4. & A GWAS on Helicobacter pylori strains points to genetic variants associated with gastric cancer risk. BMC Biology 16(1)
  5. & Interpopulation Variation in the Atlantic Salmon Microbiome Reflects Environmental and Genetic Diversity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84(16)

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Teaching

  • PM-130 Biochemistry Skills Development

    This module is designed to develop the skills required for students of biochemistry and medical biochemistry. Students meet with their tutors and will be given a series of assignments designed to develop skills in key areas such as essay writing, presentations and general numeracy. Joint session cover generic skills such as internet searching for scientific sources, referencing and plagiarism

  • PM-248 Amino acids, lipids and steroids

    The module reviews the pathways of fatty acid degradation (beta-oxidation) before describing the biochemistry of the multi-functional proteins that catalyse the formation of fatty acids. The mechanisms of fatty acid elongation and desaturation are covered along with the synthesis of triacylglycerols and glycerophospholipids with consideration being being given to the control of these pathways. The synthesis of cholesterol via the mevalonate pathway is described along with the various metabolic control points and an understanding of dietary lipid transport. The further metabolism of cholesterol to bile salts, steroid hormones and vitamin D is outlined with consideration given to the stereochemistry of these compounds. The module provides a sound basis for understanding the metabolism of amino acids, lipids and steroids. The pathways of amino acid synthesis and degradation in humans are described along with an introduction to the urea cycle.

  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project

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  • PM-345 Bioinformatics: From sequence to Function

    The ever increasing availability of genome sequences and protein structure data demands that molecular biologists are proficient at performing extensive data analyses to guide and support traditional laboratory-based research. This Module will provide the theoretical basis and practical training on computational tools currently used to assemble and interrogate genome sequences, infer gene and protein functions, and to examine protein structure data.

  • PM-357 Biomedical Laboratory Techniques

    The module will provide practical and in depth theory of applications and equipment available to MSci students in the biomedical research laboratories based at the Medical School. The module will provide guidelines and rationale for experimental design, and data and statistical analysis.

  • PM-357C Technegau Labordy Biofeddygol

    Bydd y modiwl yn darparu damcaniaeth ymarferol a manwl o¿r cymwysiadau ac offer sydd ar gael i fyfyrwyr MSci yn y labordai ymchwil biofeddygol sydd wedi'u lleoli yn yr Ysgol Feddygaeth. Bydd y modiwl yn darparu canllawiau a rhesymeg ar gyfer cynlluniau arbrofol, a dadansoddiad data ac ystadegau.

  • PMLM05 LC/MS Applications IV: Medical and life sciences

    Students will have the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge of the role mass spectrometry plays in biomarker discovery (proteins and small molecules).with its application to clinical diagnosis including the analysis of carbohydrates, glycoproteins and nucleic acids using activity-based proteomics and techniques for affinity pull-down.

  • PMNM06 Bioinformatics

    This module will provide a general introduction to the mainstream techniques and applications of bioinformatics. The student will be introduced to the concepts of acquiring and analysing biomolecular data using public resources and tools with a focus on nanomedicine.The student will also be taught basic programming skills which are fundamental to bioinformatics